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Portadown's Andy a big game Hunter

Andy Hunter once played a part in stopping Portadown from winning a double. Now, eight years on, he has twin targets with the Ports.

And that’s after asking to leave the club just two months ago.

Hunter’s season has turned around since it looked like he was about to head for the exit door during the January transfer window and he’s since nailed down a place in the team as the Ports chase a top six finish in the league and Irish Cup glory, having reached the semi-finals with a win over Crusaders in midweek.

“There are two big carrots there for us if we can keep our form going,” said Hunter.

“The top six is there for us, it’s in our own hands provided we win our matches and everyone wants to be playing their football against the top teams rather than being involved in dead rubbers at the end of the season.

“We’re 90 minutes away from the final of the Irish Cup as well, so there is still a lot to play for between now and the end of the season and it could still be a successful season for us.”

The Ports will face Ballymena United in that cup semi-final, but they will do battle before that by going head-to-head at the Showgrounds tomorrow afternoon.

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“I don’t think we’ll get any measure of Ballymena ahead of the semi-final as you never know which Ballymena you are going to come up against,” said Hunter.

“They can be really good or really bad. Let’s hope they are really bad in the two games and we’re really good.”

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